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Introducing 2013: Malta

by Edward Montebello 117 views

Thirty-nine countries are competing with the aim to lift the trophy in Malmö. The thirty-fourth country to be introduced is Malta. The country debuted in 1971 and this year it will be their 26th participation in the contest. This year Gianluca will fly the Maltese flag in Sweden.

Basic information

Performer: Gianluca
Song: Tomorrow
Language: English
Music: Boris Cezek & Dean Muscat
Lyrics: Boris Cezek & Dean Muscat

The song

The Maltese entry entitled Tomorrow is a sweet song about a person who always postpone for tomorrow until she walked into his life.

His name is Jeremy
Working in I.T.
Never questions why
He has always been
An extra careful guy
Sensitive and shy
Risk assessment is his investment
In a life of no surprise
‘Til she walked into his life

She spontaneous indeed
Uncertainty’s her creed
She has always been
Neither black or white
Just a curious delight
She threw affection
In his direction
A collection of her smiles

And to his surprise

She’s like tomorrow
Oh so distant
She just wants to play
Like tomorrow
She is always
One day away
All the time she slips away
It’s close but yet so far
It’s time to follow her tomorrow

The performer

Gianluca is a Maltese medical doctor and a singer. He started his musical career by studying the piano accordion at the age of seven, while simultaneously developing his singing skills with the Malta Children’s Choir. Gianluca is the front man of Funk Initiative, and has released three singles, including The liberators and Paris, which have been played on local radio stations and have even topped the local charts. Although fully committed to what he describes as his vocational calling, music has always served as a good break for the singing doctor, who has very adeptly found a balance between his daily ward rounds and his passion for music. Gianluca has been practising his profession as a doctor since July 2012

The songwriters

The song is written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat. Boris Cezek is a musician who has established his own recording studios, Doyaya Studios. He has played with various bands in the past such as The Refugees, The Flying Alligators, Quicksand and Mark Storm. He currently plays with Rug, Ivan Filletti and his own band The New Harmonics, which were nominated for the 2007 Best Band award and 2006 Best Newcomer Award at the Bay Music Awards. Dean Muscat is a guitarist and worked on various musical projects with leading Maltese artists such as Kristina Casolani.

The national selection

This year’s national selection was contested by 24 participants and 16 of them qualified to the final. The winner of the selection was chosen through a mixture of jury and public vote.

Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest

Malta took part in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1971 and immediately finished last. After another last place in 1972, the country waited until 1975 for the next participation but only achieved a 12th place amongst 19 contestants with their first song in English. It would take until 1991 that Malta returned to the competition, but this time with more success finishing in the top ten every year until 1999. In recent years the country was less successful but last year the country returned to the final after an absence of three years.

Statistics

This will be Malta’s 26th participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. For the ninth time the country is represented by a male solo performer. It is also the 24th Maltese entry in a row that is performed mainly in English. Malta therefore remains one of the countries that had all of their entries performed in a national language since English is one of the official languages of the country.

Maltese vote in Eurovision

Malta gave its most points to the United Kingdom while Ireland gave its most points to the small island. However if the semi-final votes are considered, Malta awarded its most points to Greece while Albania is the most voted nation for Malta.

The betting odds

According to oddschecker.com, Malta is currently standing at number 16 to win the Eurovision Song Contest. The odds show that Malta is the 6th favourite to qualify from semi-final two.

Nixtiequ lil Malta kif ukoll lil Gianluca l-isbaħ xewqat għal riżultat tajjeb ġewwa Malmö!               

We wish Malta and Gianluca the best of luck and a good result in Malmö!

Videos

Preview clip

National final performance

Viva la vida

Tomorrow another country will be introduced (hint – close to Malta!)

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